Offering Mindfulness Meditation

in the context of the Buddha’s teachings

in a welcoming community

Special Events

Fierce Compassion: A Daylong Workshop for Woment with Beth Mulligan

Saturday, June 23, 9:30am to 3:30pm

Join ICD Teacher Beth Mulligan for this 6 hour retreat-style workshop where we’ll explore what it means to have a “Strong back and a soft front” in other words what might it look like to go through the world with an open heart and strong clear boundaries?  Vulnerability researcher, Social Worker and best selling author Brene Brown says, “The most compassionate people I know have the clearest boundaries.”

With Compassionate Awareness (mindfulness) in the forefront of our day together, we’ll practice the well researched exercises from the Mindful Self-Compassion program developed by Kristin Neff PhD and Chris Germer PhD. We’ll see how connecting with self kindness, and common humanity helps us stay true to our deepest values, and we’ll explore ways to work with strong emotions with wisdom and compassion, seeing how our feelings can actually work forus with consciousness and purpose.

The day will include guided meditations and experiential- interactive exercises, short talks and mindful movement.


Beth Mulligan is a certified Mindful Self Compassion Teacher and international teacher trainer. She was in the first group to be invited to MSC teacher training, and has been teaching MSC with great passion and enthusiasm ever since, at the UC Irvine Center for Integrative Medicine and Insight LA as well as providing workshops for professional caregivers. Beth is also a certified MBSR teacher and teacher trainer, and adjunct faculty for the UMASS Center for Mindfulness. She has been teaching MBSR for over a decade to diverse populations; from the critically ill, to non-profit organizations, the underserved, educators, and corporate leaders. Beth has a background in primary care medicine as a Board Certified Physician Assistant and has practiced medicine for over 25 years.  She is a senior student of Roshi Charles Tenshin Fletcher at Yokoji Zen Center where she has lived in residence, and is the former Guiding teacher at Insight Community of the Desert.

Mindful Self Compassion: Eight Week Program begins June 18! with Beth Mulligan

Eight Monday evenings starting June 18, 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Insight Community of the Desert and Mindful Way will be offering Mindful Self Compassion: an eight week program designed to bring greater ease and well being to your life; offering skills to help you make changes with kindness instead of self criticism. This series will be taught by Beth Mulligan certified MSC teacher, and teacher trainer.

MSC was developed by Christopher K. Germer, PhD, leader in the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy (www.MindfulSelfCompassion.org) and Kristin Neff, PhD, pioneering researcher in the field of self-compassion (www.Self-Compassion.org).

MSC combines the skills of mindfulness and self-compassion, providing a powerful tool for emotional resilience. Mindfulness is the first step in emotional healing—being able to turn toward and acknowledge our difficult thoughts and feelings (such as inadequacy, sadness, anger, confusion) with a spirit of openness and curiosity. Self-compassion involves responding to these difficult thoughts and feelings with kindness, sympathy and understanding so that we soothe and comfort ourselves when we’re hurting. Research has shown that self-compassion greatly enhances emotional wellbeing. It boosts happiness, reduces anxiety and depression, and can even help maintain healthy lifestyle habits such as diet and exercise. Being both mindful and compassionate leads to greater ease and well-being in our daily lives.

Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) can be learned by anyone. It’s the practice of repeatedly evoking good will toward ourselves especially when we’re suffering—cultivating the same desire that all living beings have to live happily and free from suffering.

Most of us feel compassion when a close friend is struggling. What would it be like to receive the same caring attention whenever you needed it most? All that’s required is a shift in the direction of our attention—recognizing that as a human being, you, too, are a worthy recipient of compassion.

In MSC you’ll learn:

– how to stop being so hard on yourself
– how to handle difficult emotions with greater ease
– how to motivate yourself with encouragement rather than criticism
– how to transform difficult relationships, both old and new
– mindfulness and self-compassion practices for home and everyday life
– the theory and research behind mindful self-compassion
– how to become your own best teacher

The Courage to Live: the Practice of Forgiveness: A daylong retreat with Larry Yang

Saturday, August 18, 9:30am to 4:00pm

Wow…Forgiveness is a huge topic. It can bring up so much around injury, pain, and trauma that we have experienced in the Past. Our inability to let go sometimes numbs our lives in the Present, and it can limit how we live into the Future. Can we even address this topic in a daylong event? And if we don’t start somewhere, does that mean we will never have the opportunity to try and live into all the possibilities of our fullest potential? We are invited to bring our courage to explore and cultivate the continuing opening of our hearts and minds. The intention is to explore—even in small ways—a most difficult practice, not to achieve perfection in Forgiveness, but to live the life that we vision for ourselves—a life which is more and more free from suffering. That would be enough.

We will explore the practices Forgiveness and Letting Go, with the primary supports of Mindfulness, Kindness, Compassion, and Equanimity to provide the most expansive landscape in restoring and renewing our beautifully awakening lives. Open to both beginning and experienced meditation practitioners. Please bring a bag lunch for the retreat. Insight Community of the Desert has a refrigerator and microwave.


Larry Yang teaches meditation retreats nationally, and has a special interest in creating access to the Dharma for diverse multicultural communities. Larry has practiced meditation for almost 30 years, with extensive time in Burma and Thailand, and a six-month period of ordination as a Buddhist monk, under the guidance of Ajahn Tong. He is on the Teacher’s Council of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, is one of the core teachers of both East Bay Meditation Center (Oakland) and Insight Community of the Desert (Palm Springs). He is part of the coordinating team developing community meditation teachers in Spirit Rock’s Community Dharma Leadership Program, and is currently leading the Spirit Rock Dharma Teacher Training Program. Larry’s book Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community is now available by Wisdom Publications.

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Regular Events

  • Weekly Sit and Dharma talk:
    Sundays 4:30pm – 6:00pm
  • Meditation as Refuge: (open to all)
    Tuesdays 6:30pm – 8:00pm
  • Peer Led silent sit:
    Wednesdays 5:30pm – 6:15pm
  • Intro to meditation:
    First Sunday of each month, 3:00pm

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Directions of Buddhism in America

Greetings and blessings.  Please take a moment to read this insightful article from Lion's Roar on the directions of American Buddhism pointing to the work of ICD Teacher Larry Yang and many others throughout the United States.  Written by Ann Gleig, a Buddhist...

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Insight Community of the Desert

Location

Our center is centrally located between downtown Palm Springs and the airport.

Address:

1111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way

Building C, 2nd Floor

Palm Springs, CA 92262